Jewish group residents of Ontario town urge new name for Swastika Trail

first_imgA major Jewish advocacy group in Canada has stepped up efforts to help some residents of an Ontario town convince local politicians to rename a street currently called Swastika Trail.B’nai Brith Canada started an online petition Thursday calling on Puslinch Township, about 75 kilometres west of Toronto, to change the street name.The group plans to present the petition to the township council when it discusses the issue of renaming the private road next month, Aidan Fishman, advocacy director for B’nai Brith Canada, said in an interview Friday.“We first became aware of this in October when a group of local residents — some of whom actually live on Swastika Trail and are very upset about the name and want it changed — were encountering some local resistance and contacted us for advice,” Fishman said.Fishman said his organization has been working with the residents behind the scenes since then, but decided to have members of the public outside the area “weigh in on whether this is an appropriate name for a street in Canada in 2017.”Swastika Trail was named in the 1920s before the rise of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, local residents said. Those in support of keeping the name have argued the symbol has a long history before the Second World War, but others argue the name is associated with hate and genocide.Puslinch Township Mayor Dennis Lever was not immediately available for comment and a township official declined a request for an interview Friday.Fishman said the residents living on Swastika Trail who are embarrassed and offended by the street’s name should not be forced to use it on their driver’s licences or other government documents.“We also think that maintaining this street name — nevermind for the people who live there — really demonstrates a sort of unwelcoming attitude, whether intentionally or unintentionally, towards people from the outside who may want to visit their own property there, towards Holocaust survivors and their descendents, towards Canadian veterans of the Second World War and their descendents,” Fishman said.“Even though the swastika originally had a different meaning … today in Canada if you mention swastika — or to virtually to anyone in the western world — it is a symbol of the horrors of Nazism, and the town and it’s residents can’t ignore that.”Residents of the street advocating for the name change agree.“Having the word swastika on my provincially issued driver’s licence and my federally issued mailing address associates me with bigotry, intolerance and anti-Semitism,” said Jennifer Horton. “That’s not who I am and that’s not how I want to present myself.”Audrey Guzar, another resident, said “you don’t realize how often you have to give out your address until you are embarrassed about your street.” She said she is usually met with looks of “horror and disbelief,” often leaving her to explain that she is not a Nazi sympathizer.The two women and their husbands contacted B’nai Brith Canada for help after other attempts to get action on the issue.Horton said local residents on the street voted on the issue earlier this month among themselves, with a slight majority in favour of keeping the name.“That statistic is not significant enough to sway the council” into making a decision, Horton said. “In addition to that, as we’ve said many times, this is an issue that is not only affecting our street — this is an issue that affects our entire community, our whole country, so it’s not a matter of 50 people on a street having a vote.”She added that the street name is also problematic because the swastika is still used as a symbol of hate by white-supremacist groups.Fishman said B’nai Brith Canada is also aware of a town in northern Ontario called Swastika, but noted that he wasn’t aware of any residents in that community reaching out to his group for help changing the town’s name.“We still think it’s inappropriate, but we prioritize the Swastika Trail in Puslinch, because there are local residents who have reached out and said, ‘we want you help in changing the name,’” he said. “That’s why we feel we really have a duty to speak up on this issue.”Carolyn O’Neil, a local historian in Swastika, Ont., said the town was named in the early 1900s after a local gold mine that used the symbol as one signifying good luck.“We can’t destroy our history,” she said, noting that the town has never had any association with Nazism.last_img read more

Shad gets back to music after ouster from CBCs Q

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement It was a turbulent 16 months at the helm of the show for the artist, born Shadrach Kabango. He was hired to replace Jian Ghomeshi after the longtime Q host was fired in October 2014 over concerns about inappropriate conduct in the workplace. Facebookcenter_img “The way I think of it — and come to terms with it — is it’s not my decision,” Shad says in a phone interview from Vancouver where he’s working on some music projects.“I’m kind of happy with the effort I put in (at Q) and that’s all I can really control.” Shad isn’t dwelling on what could have been at CBC Radio.After his sudden ouster from hosting duties at Q just over two weeks ago, the rapper-turned-interviewer is charting a return to his musical roots, not that he ever really left them behind.Suddenly, he says, there’s a lot more time to invest in making music, now that he’s off the air at the CBC’s most prominent arts and culture program. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Conflict in Central African Republic uproots 300000 UN reports

Government troops and rebel forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to clash despite ongoing talks of a peace agreement, and nearly 300,000 people had been driven from their homes as of last month, according to a United Nations update. Even more worrying are the attacks by Coupeur de Route bandits, who continue to wreak havoc across the country’s northwest, burning and looting houses and kidnapping and killing civilians, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported. “Many villagers have fled in terror. Attacks on humanitarian workers are also becoming disturbingly common,” the agency said. “The ongoing insecurity has also led to the complete decimation of public infrastructure across the north. Many schools and hospitals remain closed due to the conflict and thousands of families have lost their homes and possessions. “Economic development is stagnating in much of the north and jobs remain in short supply. This chronic poverty combined with the direct impact of the conflict is severely undermining many families’ ability to provide for their children,” it added. Overall, 1,000,000 people gave been affected by the ongoing conflict, mainly in the northwest, in part linked to the strife in neighbouring Sudan’s Darfur region and Chad, with 197,000 people displaced internally, in many cases living in the bush, and a further 98,000 fleeing to Cameroon, Chad and Sudan. In return, CAR has received thousands of refugees from Chad and Sudan. In the northern prefectures, more than 610,000 women and children continue to endure chronic poverty and conflict which has been responsible for decimating both lives and livelihoods. A classic example of a “forgotten emergency,” CAR has suffered from more than a decade of political instability. Some 20 per cent of children die before their fifth birthday. The worst-affected regions are in the northwest. Despite financial constraints and the challenges posed by ongoing insecurity, UNICEF is continuing to extend its field presence in an effort to reach more of the country’s vulnerable women and children, significantly expanding field offices and supporting family healthcare centres, safe water projects and schools. The majority of those affected by the conflict are women and children in a country where maternal mortality rates are amongst the highest on the continent at 1,355 per 100,000, the agency said. Chronic malnutrition affects 38 per cent of children, whilst one in 10 suffers from the acute variety. A third of the population completely lack access to safe water and sanitation. School enrolment remains low with many schools having been destroyed in the northern prefectures. Child soldiers are still widely used in many areas, particularly in the northwest. Human rights violations continue to occur countrywide, while gender-based violence and the kidnapping of minors by armed bandits remain all too common, according to UNICEF. 17 January 2008Government troops and rebel forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to clash despite ongoing talks of a peace agreement, and nearly 300,000 people had been driven from their homes as of last month, according to a United Nations update. read more

DR of Congo UNbacked military operation succeeds in driving rebels from South

The UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) said that the two-week army-led operation, which ended at the weekend, had regained control of three areas approximately 60 kilometres from Bukavu, the main city of the South Kivu region.MONUC said that while its logistic support to the army had ended, its South Kivu brigade continues to provide other support to the Congolese forces, including “intensive patrolling in the zone,” aimed at preventing Rwandan rebels from resettling and harassing the local population.Elsewhere, MONUC said that another operation aimed at removing militia members was ongoing southeast of the town of Bunia, in the Ituri district. In and around Bunia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says almost 2,000 internally displaced families have been registered since the end of last month and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is helping with food needs.These military operations are the latest in recent months in which MONUC has played a more active role in seeking to bring stability to the eastern DRC as the vast country prepares to hold elections in June to consolidate stability following a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and the attendant humanitarian catastrophe – the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II.The head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, currently on a 10-day working visit to the country, met with President Joseph Kabila to discuss, among other things, the current electoral process and security issues.Mr. Guéhenno reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to support the electoral process in the DRC and stressed that “the elections must be carried out in a calm and peaceful environment.”During his stay, Mr. Guéhenno also plans to visit the east of the country to see how UN peacekeepers are helping to promote stability, and will have other meetings with officials, including the DRC’s four vice-presidents.In a related development, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent a letter to the President of the Security Council appointing five people to comprise a Group of Experts monitoring illicit arms imports, as well as travel bans and asset freezes, on all violators of the weapons ban against the DRC. The five are specialists in such areas as arms trafficking, border control, finance and aviation. read more

G20 finance officials pledge greater efforts to bolster weak recovery and fight

G-20 finance officials pledge greater efforts to bolster weak recovery and fight unemployment WASHINGTON – World finance leaders are pledging to pursue further actions to bolster a disappointingly weak global recovery. They also reaffirmed their commitment to avoid using their currencies as an economic weapon to gain unfair advantage in foreign trade.Finance ministers and central bank presidents from the leading rich and developing nations, or Group of 20, wrapped up two days of talks Friday with a joint statement that said they had managed to avoid some of the biggest economic threats, but growth was still too weak in many countries and unemployment too high.The joint statement revealed no major new policy initiatives but did urge the United States and some other countries to emphasize efforts to jump-start growth even if that meant less emphasis on deficit reduction in the near term.“Further actions are required to make growth strong, sustainable and balanced,” the G-20 said in their joint statement.The United States was represented at the talks by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who was attending his first G-20 meeting since taking office in late February, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The discussions were led by Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov whose country is leading the G-20 this year.The G-20 joint statement singled out the recent aggressive credit-easing moves pushed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying they were intended to stop prolonged deflation and support domestic demand.Those comments were viewed as giving a green-light to Japan’s program, which has driven the value of the yen down by more than 20 per cent against the dollar since October. That sizable decline has raised concerns among U.S. manufacturing firms that Japan’s real goal is not to fight deflation, a destabilizing period of falling prices, but to weaken the yen as a way to gaining trade advantages.To address those concerns, the G-20 did repeat language it used in February that all countries should not use their currency as a trade weapon and guard against policies that could trigger currency wars.Japanese officials told reporters following the discussions that they were pleased by the support the G-20 had given them to pursue growth policies in an effort to lift the world’s third largest economy out of its two-decade slump.Haruhiko Kuroda, head of the Bank of Japan, said that Japan would continue with its monetary easing policies which he said were aimed at stimulating domestic growth and fighting deflation and not an effort to gain trade advantages.“There has been international understanding and acceptance of this so we can have further confidence to appropriately conduct monetary policy,” he told reporters at a briefing after the G-20 talks ended.Siluanov told reporters at a news conference that the group did not spend as much time discussing currency issues as they had in February.The United States had sought to get a strong endorsement of the need to emphasize growth, given the weakness of the global economy, rather than trying to achieve quick progress on cutting deficits.However, other nations, led by Germany, have resisted a move away from austerity programs, saying it is critical to keep making progress in getting government deficits under control.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble apologized to a Washington audience for being late for a speech after the G-20 discussions, saying, “on reduction of indebtedness … we have a little bit of differences of opinion all over the world, to be very frank, and that’s the reason I am a little bit late.”Schaeuble said the German position remains that “if you promise to deliver only immediately on growth, you will only create the next bubble” in asset prices.The G-20 talks came in advance of meetings of the steering committees of the 188-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister organization, the World Bank. Those talks began Friday and were scheduled to conclude on Saturday.“Strengthening global demand is imperative and must be at the top of our agenda,” Lew said in remarks Friday before the IMF panel. “Stronger demand in Europe is critical to global growth.”The G-20 statement said that there was an urgent need for the 17-nation euro currency area to move towards a banking union and reduce the “financial fragmentation” that now exists.Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said that the G-20 countries remain committed to setting hard targets for reducing debt to a certain percentage of the economy, an idea first raised at an economic summit in Toronto in 2010. He said the issue would be explored more when leaders of the G-20 countries hold their summit in Russia in September.However, Siluanov told reporters he did not believe there was widespread support for setting hard deficit targets.G-20 leaders in 2010 had agreed on a goal of reducing their annual budget deficits by half. Siluanov said Friday that many countries support taking a more flexible approach, particularly if a country’s economy has slowed. Slower growth can make it harder for a country to cut a budget gap.The communique said that “more needs to be done to address the issues of international tax avoidance and evasion in particular through havens.” The financial crisis that hit the Mediterranean island of Cyprus earlier this year revived concern over countries that serve as tax havens.In Cyprus, banks held more than $162 billion in assets or roughly seven times the country’s total GDP. Much of that money came from wealthy Russian investors.___Associated Press writers Harry Dunphy, Matthew Pennington and Desmond Butler contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger And Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 2:54 pm MDT read more

Football Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley questionable for game against UNLV

OSU then-redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) flexes after a tackle during the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley is questionable for Saturday’s game against UNLV due to a foot sprain he suffered in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win versus Army, coach Urban Meyer said Monday afternoon.The middle linebacker subbed out in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. In Worley’s place, redshirt freshman Tuf Borland led Ohio State with 10.5 tackles. He made nine solo stops, a quarterback hit and a tackle for a two-yard loss. After the game, Meyer said Borland might have earned more playing time.“Worley is a leader, but anybody that plays well gets an opportunity,” Meyer said.If Worley does not play against UNLV, Borland would likely receive his first career start.Despite not playing in the second half of the game against Army, Worley ranks second on the team with 17.5 tackles, including two tackles for loss. The team captain also has one quarterback hit and a forced fumble. read more

Droid Razr Developer Edition to allow an unlocked bootloader

first_imgBack in October, Motorola announced to their hacker customers that the Droid Razr would be the company’s first device with an unlockable bootloader. Well, both the Droid Razr and its better-balanced sequel, the Droid Razr Maxx are here, and they both have locked bootloaders. Today, however, Motorola made good on its promise and announced that a special edition of the Razr, the Motorola Razr Developer Edition, will be launching soon.The Developer Edition will be available initially in Europe, but the company also promised that a US version will be arriving in “the coming months.” The hack-friendly phone is already up for pre-order (EU customers only) for 499.00 €.Out-of-the-box, the Razr Developer Edition will be identical to the existing Droid Razr. That means you’ll get the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, dual-core OMAP processor (1.2GHz), and 7.1mm thickness. In fact, on first use, the bootloader of the Developer Edition will still be locked. The only difference is that you’ll be able to visit Motorola’s developer website to unlock the boot loader.Why introduce a separate device instead of simply unlocking the bootloader of the standard Razr? For users who would never hack an unlocked bootloader is an unneccessary security risk. But, in actuality, this probably has more to do with money. Carriers like Verizon don’t particularly want you to be able to hack your phone. It makes you more likely to do as you please with it and less likely to pay them for extra services.On a hacked phone, all of that Verizon crapware can be easily removed, you can tether without paying VZW a second time for your data, and you can remove any user profiling software that they can use to profit off of you.So instead of a Nexus-like device that launches with an unlocked bootloader, we have a limited edition version of the Droid Razr being released months after the initial launch. By that time, seven new high-end Android phones will have replaced the Droid Razr. Going at this rate, there will be three new additions to the Razr family alone.Releasing the Developer Edition does show that Motorola is listening to the development community, but don’t take it for more than it is. It’s mostly a way for Moto to say “see, we did it” to their hacking and rooting customers. Those customers, however, may see it as too little and too late.Motorolalast_img read more

My 12yearold sons bag weighs 18 stone How to tackle heavy school

first_imgIf you asked adults to go around their job carrying that amount of weight, they wouldn’t do it.Paul Beddy is one of 20 directors at the National Parents Council Post Primary, and helped draft their submission to the committee today.He says that every September the issue of heavy school bags becomes their “single biggest complaint”.In 1998, the government developed a working group to develop ways of tackling the issue. The recommendations were compiled and have been reissued twice since – the last time was in 2005.“After 18 years since the review was published, it’s time to start an implementation.“In fairness to the department they’ve been issuing reminders, but it’s gaining very little traction. One of the recommendations is that the school should discuss with parents and teachers within the school about reducing the weight, but that hasn’t happened in a lot of cases.”Some of the worries around heavy school bags are chronic back problems later in life, which could have serious implications for the future health of these children.“This could be a freight train coming down the tracks for the state. We’re talking here about duty of care, [which is the responsibility of] educators and parents, and we’re flagging this as being important to solve.”The committee on Children and Youth Affairs will begin today at 10. You can watch a livestream from Committee Room 1 here.Read: One part of the world is tackling heavy school bag problems by setting weight limitsRead: End of heavy schoolbags? Students welcome eBooks to classrooms 17,223 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/bysora 75 Comments Jan 25th 2017, 6:01 AM LATER TODAY, A government committee is to hear submissions on the possible effects the weight of schoolbags have on children, and will be accepting submissions.Representatives from the National Parents Council Primary, the National Parents Council Post Primary, and Dr Sara Dockrell, Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin will be sharing their experiences of school bag weights, and putting their suggestions forward about what can be done about it.The issue of school bag weights is not something new – every September the national and local airwaves are full of parents shocked and concerned at the daily weight their children carry on the way to school.Up until now, it’s been up to schools and parents to talk about the best way to tackle school bag weights – through what school books are chosen for the curriculum and considering facilities on school grounds to keep the books overnight.But even lockers don’t solve the problem completely, as secondary school students would have to bring books home with them to do homework. Source: Shutterstock/ZurijetaOn Monday, a father spoke to a local radio station about his 12-year-old son’s school bag weighing 1.8 stone (11.4kg).“All the books he brought home he needs to bring home because it’s relevant to his work,” the man told OceanFM.“It wasn’t that he was bringing books home needlessly without checking that he could leave them in lockers. And that’s the way it’s been since he started first year.”The man said he was thinking back to his two older sons and it was the same with them: “it hasn’t changed at all, if anything it’s gone worse.” Image: Shutterstock/bysoracenter_img Short URL ‘My 12-year-old son’s bag weighs 1.8 stone’: How to tackle heavy school bags “If you asked adults to go around their job carrying that amount of weight, they wouldn’t do it.” Share1565 Tweet Email23 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 6:01 AMlast_img read more

Les météorites frappant la Terre sans se scinder avant plus nombreuses que

first_imgLes météorites frappant la Terre sans se scinder avant, plus nombreuses que prévuIl y a environ 5.000 ans, une petite météorite de fer s’est écrasée dans le sud-ouest de l’Egypte, créant un cratère de 45 mètres de diamètre dans la roche et le sable. Selon une nouvelle étude, des petites météorites comme celle-ci pourraient rester intacte lorsqu’elles plongent à travers l’atmosphère de la Terre. Et ce, beaucoup plus souvent qu’on ne le pensait. Cela signifie que ces objets seraient plus dangereux pour notre planète que prévu.Alors que les petits cratères d’impact sont nombreux sur la Lune ou autres corps appartenant à notre système solaire, ils sont rares lorsque l’on observe la surface de la Terre. Seuls 15 des 176 cratères connus de notre planète mesurent moins de 300 mètres de diamètre. Mais cette particularité ne vient pas d’un manque d’objets se déplaçant à toute allure dans notre voisinage. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESABeaucoup d’objets de petite taille se brisent lorsqu’ils chutent à travers l’atmosphère de la Terre : soit ils se désintègrent complètement, soit ils se scindent et créent des cratères multiples. De plus, ces cratères sont très rapidement masqués par l’érosion. Par ailleurs, la capacité d’un objet à rester entier lors de sa chute dépend de ses propriétés et de son histoire. S’il a été victime de plusieurs collisions dans l’espace, il y a de fortes chances qu’il se brise une fois dans l’atmosphère.   Le cratère Kamil a été découvert à l’automne 2008 grâce à Google Earth. Une expédition sur le terrain, menée en février 2009, a permis de retrouver plus de 5.000 fragments de fer riche en nickel, une preuve que le cratère a été formé suite au crash d’une météorite de fer. La découverte du Kamil amène les scientifiques à penser qu’il y aurait plus d’objets comme ceux-là, c’est-à-dire toujours intacts après leur passage dans l’atmosphère : leur proportion passerait alors d’un quart à un tiers, indique la revue Science. Comme beaucoup de films de science-fiction le montrent,  Armageddon par exemple, un objet extraterrestre qui frappe la Terre entièrement cause plus de dégâts qu’un autre se scindant en plusieurs fragments qui viendraient s’écraser au sol. Cette nouvelle découverte suggère que les terriens pourraient faire face à des dangers plus importants que prévu à cause de ces météorites.Le 2 février 2011 à 11:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Declan Rice chooses to play his international football for England

first_imgWest Ham youngster Declan Rice has confirmed his decision to play his international football for England rather than the Republic of Ireland.Despite being born in London, Rice has represented Ireland all the way from U-16 level to the senior team due to his Irish grandparents.In fact, the 20-year-old midfielder had debuted for Ireland in March 2018 in a 1-0 defeat to Turkey and went on to make a further two appearances for the Boys in Green.But since last November, Rice has reconsidered his allegiance to Ireland and recently held talks with manager Mick McCarthy to discuss his long-term future.Now Rice has finally confirmed his plans to make an unusual formal written request to FIFA in order to represent England at international level.“This afternoon I telephoned both Mick McCarthy and Gareth Southgate to inform them of my decision to submit a written request to FIFA for the transfer of my international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England,” read a statement on Rice’s Twitter.“This has been an extremely difficult decision and, in all honesty, not one I ever expected to be making at this stage of my career.“So much has happened, so quickly, in the past couple of years, from progressing through the West Ham United Academy to making my Premier League debut at the age of 18 in May 2017 and then being named in a full international squad just two days later.“Like so many people around the world, I consider myself to be of mixed nationality. I am a proud Englishman, having been born and raised in London. However, I am just as proud of my family’s Irish heritage and my affinity and connection with the country.“I have equal respect and love for both England and Ireland and therefore the national team I choose to represent is not a clear-cut, simple selection. Particularly not for a young lad who never dreamed of being in this position.“Ultimately, it is a personal decision that I have made with my heart and my head, based on what I believe is best for my future.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I fully accept that some Irish supporters will be disappointed by my decision, and that everyone has different opinions in regard to the rules around international representation.“However, I hope that people can understand that I have made this decision with honesty, integrity and the full support of my family.“I would like to thank Mick McCarthy, Martin O’Neill, all of the coaching staff and everyone associated with the FA of Ireland (with special thanks to Mark O’Toole), not only for their support and understanding throughout this period but for the part they have played in my development as a young player.“My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was always 100 per cent genuine. It was a great honour for myself and my family, and something I will always cherish.“I would also like to make it clear that, in requesting to transfer my national team representation, I am not taking for granted a call-up to the England squad or making any assumptions about my future international career.“However, out of respect for the Republic of Ireland, I felt it was right to announce this decision now and put an end to the speculation.“In football, and in life, I have always tried to be completely honest and true to myself and my family at all times, and that is what I will continue to do.”— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) February 13, 2019last_img read more

KGF Star Yashs daughters adorable video steals hearts

first_imgRadhika and Yash had started their acting career with the TV serial, Nandagokul. They also made their debut in films together, with Shashank’s Moggina Manasu in 2008. The actors had also worked together in films like Drama, Mr and Mrs Ramachari and Santhu Straight Forward.After being in love for over five years, they tied the knot as per the Brahmins-Gowda customs in 2016. Yash and Radhika Pandit welcomed their first baby on December 2. Celebrity Couple Yash and Radhika Pandit’s daughter.Screen shot from an Instagram VideoThe fans of Yash and Radhika Pandit have been pleading them non-stop to share the photos of their baby. After making them wait for five months, the celebrity couple first revealed the picture on Twitter on May 7.Now, Radhika Pandit has revealed the first video of her daughter exactly six months after her birth. She shared the clip with a caption, “Verified Our baby YR turns 6 months today.. she is half way to turning one!! Time flies for sure. Here is a tiny glimpse of her on this special day! Of course this video was shot when she was 3months old. She is our blessing, our angel ♥️ #radhikapandit #nimmaRP P.S : thank you Saniya for styling her and Bhuvan n Manish for capturing ! [sic]”The clip is now winning the hearts of the fans. Even celebrities too have responded to the clip. Notably, Anupama Gowda, former Bigg Boss Kannada contestant and actress, wrote, “She is so adorable ma’am [sic].”However, the couple has maintained a lot of suspense over the name of their daughter. For now, she is being referred to as YR, the first letter of Yash and Radhika. But it did not stop the media from speculating the name.Going by the rumours, Yashika was considered as their daughter name, but the couple denied the rumours.last_img read more

Texas Will Soon Release AF Grades for Schools Educators Are Organizing in

first_img Share Erika Rich for The Texas TribuneTexas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will roll out the first official grades for school districts Aug. 15.In exactly a week, Texas will give its school districts official grades for the first time, rating them on a scale from A through F, with state officials promising a more transparent system that will show parents how their schools are educating students.But the discussion about the new grades, which replace a pass/fail system, is already getting messy. Superintendents and educator advocacy groups, historically opposed to the graded system, are already organizing a campaign to fight it — arguing that letter grades cannot accurately reflect their work or factor in the challenges of educating a student body with diverse needs.The state will use the grades to judge school performance and make policy decisions about their management.“Parents want their children to do rigorous, engaging work that sparks a lifelong love of learning, not prep for a multiple-choice test that colleges and businesses don’t even consider,” said Kevin Brown, the new executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators, which has released a set of talking points for educators to rally against the system.At a House Public Education Committee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers questioned Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath about his plans for calculating and rolling out the controversial grades. Morath said the agency was given a lot of leeway to make decisions on the calculations and worked to build a holistic grading system.The state Legislature made final revisions to the accountability system last spring, replacing a pass/fail system of rating schools and districts. This August, school districts will be graded in three categories: student achievement, student progress and closing the gaps. The state will use standardized test scores to grade elementary and middle schools, and a range of additional factors — such as graduation rates — to grade high schools.Schools will receive pass/fail ratings this year before transitioning to a graded system next August — a compromise lawmakers made last spring to appease critics of the new system. But the Texas Education Agency will release numeric scores for schools next week, which can be easily translated to letter grades.The student progress category is broken down into two subcategories, one that looks at how well students are improving on their standardized tests and another that looks at how students are performing at their school compared with similar schools.Schools or districts that receive three or more F grades in those subcategories and the other two categories will automatically receive an F grade overall.That rule informed the latest wave of criticism against the graded system. Calling the rule “forced failure,” the association of school administrators sent a letter to Morath Monday arguing educators were not given the chance to comment on it.State Rep. Diego Bernal, a San Antonio Democrat, asked Morath to explain the decision at Wednesday’s Public Education Committee hearing. “In the rule, we’ve created a scenario that’s not in the bill,” he said. “We’ve created a scenario where a campus will get an F.”Morath warned against looking at any specific part of the grade calculation in isolation, and said the rule helps provide a more accurate depiction of a school’s performance. His agency will also unveil a new website next week that breaks down the calculations for each rating for both schools and districts.Disclosure: The Texas Association of School Administrators has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

President Trump Visits Texas To Talk Immigration And Loosen Oil Regulations

first_img– / 12 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: President Donald Trump visited Texas on Wednesday for a fundraising trip and to sign executive orders aimed at streamlining pipeline projects and boosting the energy sector in the United States.Trump landed in San Antonio around 12 p.m. and was greeted on the tarmac by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other state officials.The president participated in a round table with supporters and talked about immigration. He said people in border states are living in tremendous danger and that nobody has any idea how bad the problem is. Trump also said people he’s speaking with want a border wall.The president landed at Houston’s Ellington Field just before 3 p.m. and was greeted by Texas Governor Greg Abbott upon his arrival. He then departed for his trip to Crosby where he announced the executive orders at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, a union-run facility. Crosby is located about 25 miles northeast of Houston.Trump said energy infrastructure is too often held back by special interest groups and others. He took aim at the state of New York, saying “obstruction” on a gas pipeline “does not just hurt families and workers like you, it undermines our independence and national security.”Welcoming Crosby residentsCrosby residents were excited about the president’s visit and displayed banners, flags and welcome signs. Many gathered along the route the presidential motorcade was scheduled to travel on.“It’s pretty cool you have a president coming to your little town,” Ray Dizel Paz, a tire shop owner, told News 88.7. Dizel Paz said he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 but estimated that 70 percent of Crosby residents support the president.Trump’s visit to the small Texas town even impacted local students, with the Crosby Independent School District announcing an early dismissal. The district also delayed STAAR reading exams for 5th and 8th grade students, so families could participate in the presidential visit to the small town.You can watch a video of people waiting for the motorcade here:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Protesters also gathered in Crosby, where a recent fire at a chemical facility killed one worker and injured several others.Stephanie Thomas, an organizer with the Texas office of Public Citizen, said in a statement that “it’s inconceivable that the President would come to the very Texas town where a deadly chemical fire raged just one week ago to announce that his administration will do less – not more – to protect workers and their communities.”Some people also displayed signs criticizing Trump’s policies.Several national and state lawmakers attended the event in Crosby. Republican Congressman Pete Olson said that streamlining the permitting and transportation of American energy “will ensure we continue to grow as an energy super power by supporting current and future energy projects.” Republican State Senator Paul Bettencourt said the Texas economy is “diversified” and “vibrant,” and added the executive orders “will ensure that.”The president was scheduled to attend a round table with supporters and a fundraiser in Houston’s Lone Star Flight Museum after his visit to Crosby.Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said the fundraisers would bring in at least $6 million to be shared by Trump’s re-election campaign and the RNC.center_img X 00:00 /00:51 Listenlast_img read more

Students organise drama on road safety in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: The students of a Balurghat-based private English medium school organised a short span ‘street drama’ in association with the police at Balurghat public bus stand on Friday afternoon to campaign on ‘Safe Drive Save Life’.Around 20 students of Balurghat Atreyee DAV Public School took part in the programme that started at 4 pm and continued for 30 minutes. The students acted in the drama that was based on the theme of road safety awareness. They spread the message that everyone should follow the norms of safe journey while going outside for their daily activities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The principal objective of projecting the drama in public is to make them aware by the safety norms of a safe journey. I took part a crucial role in the drama. We have tried to spread a social message. The state government and police both have taken numerous steps for a safe and secure journey,” said a student of Class IX, Soumik Bhattacharjee. Notably, the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ slogan started functioning in Kolkata in 2016. In South Dinajpur, the number of accidents has decreased after 2016. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarter), Dhiman Mitra, who was present at the event, said: “We have to make it a success in the district. Despite our drives to curb road accidents, some people are still into rash driving. We will conduct a meeting with the bus and truck drivers soon asking them to maintain speed limit particularly on the onset of winter as the visibility is low due to fog.” Officer-in-Charge (traffic) of Balurghat, Utpal Chatterjee along with other officials were present at the event.last_img read more

TMC leaders irked over Modi pictures on Railway tickets

first_imgKolkata: Some TMC leaders registered a complaint with Election Commission on Tuesday over publishing Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on railway tickets. They said the move violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).Election Commission officials held a meeting with Railway personnel on Wednesday to discuss the issue and also gave out some instructions. It was also learnt from sources that the EC officials have spoken to some Central force officials after they received complaints from the ruling party in the state accusing them of intimidating the voters in some parts of the city. There was, however, no official confirmation on the outcome of the meeting by any election officials in the state. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned here that the Commission will distribute leaflets both in Bengali and English among the presiding officers on what steps they would have to follow regarding the poll process. The leaflets will provide a detailed outlines what the presiding officials are supposed to do if any EVMs or VVPATs malfunctions. The Election Commission has already received 1,151 complaints through National Grievance Service, out of which 456 had been resolved and 1,511 complaints from the citizens out of which 556 have been resolved. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Commission has also received 1,268 complaints through the C-Vigil app and action steps have been taken on 789 complaints already, a senior official at the CEO office said on Wednesday. The official said they have received the nomination from an independent candidate in Cooch Behar and another nomination from the Trinamool Congress candidate in Alipurduar, which would go to polls in the first phase. A BSP candidate filed nomination at Jalpaiguri that would go to polls in the second phase.last_img read more

Good Managers Vs Bad Managers

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read August 18, 2008 Listen Now By Scott BerkunbMighty: How does creative thinking happen and why is it important?Scott Berkun: A better, and simpler, question is how does thinking happen at all. Most people don’t like to think — it’s much less work to borrow or buy thoughts someone has already thought up for you. Thinking is rare — and sadly that’s one of the main reason’s it’s important: Most of us depend on minority of people patient enough to get to the core of a problem or question before they pick a side. Good thinking trumps creative thinking — they’re both rare, but find me a good thinker, a good problem solver, and it’d be very hard to convince me how she’s not creative, too.bMighty: How can managers encourage creative thinking?Berkun: Trusting people, allowing them to make mistakes as long as they learn from them. It’s really quite simple when you see it done, but it’s so rare, and against the punitive, perfection-obsessed mindset we’re taught in America to put out faith in. Easy trick: take 4% of your annual budget. Every quarter, give 1% of your budget to the person with the most creative idea, as chosen by your team, to make a prototype. Can’t afford 4%? Then do it with time. Give the winner a week, or a day off, to make that prototype. Can’t afford a day a quarter? Then you can not afford creativity — it is out of your managerial price range and it’s time for you to change your budget, or stop pretending you care about creativity.bMighty: How would you define a “bad” manager?Berkun: Two criteria: 1) he fails and 2) people hate working for him. A mediocre manager meets one of these criteria. A good manager, none.bMighty: What are the secrets of a good manager?Berkun: Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. There are no secrets: if you actually follow any of the zillions of books out there on management, and do what they say instead of just thinking about it, you’ll be an above average manager. We don’t need secrets: We need self-aware managers who practice what they preach.Tools Don’t Fix Problems, Managers DobMighty: Are there tech tools you would recommend to help a manager succeed?Berkun: Tools are rarely the cause of management problems. They don’t fix them either: The person wielding the tool does. No tool makes an idiot wise, a liar honest, or a coward brave. There are fine tools out there, but the problems they solve are rarely strategic and are often symptoms not causes. When I see a project in trouble I don’t ask, “What tools are you using?” I say, “Who is in charge? What have they done? What are they going to do?”bMighty: What are the approaches to managing projects that you used during your time at Microsoft that work well for small and midsize businesses? What approaches don’t?Berkun: I believe in managing people. All projects are made of people. Their passions, complaints, skills, egos, loves, humors, fears — the whole thing. Start with your team, understand their strengths, weakness, assets and liabilities, *as people*, and only then devise a plan. If you are people centric the size or domain of your business does not matter: If the VP thinks people first with his staff of 10, all of them will tend to do the same to their respective staffs of 10. I’m not saying I’d manage projects the same regardless of size — there are scale effects — but I am saying thinking people first never fails. You maximize people’s contributions to your project when you demonstrate your willingness to engage them as people.bMighty: Why did you start blogging?Berkun: I’d been writing online for years. It’s really just better tools for doing it. I started using WordPress in 2005.bMighty: How do you measure the success of your blog?Berkun: Links and comments. I get a lot of traffic but I think traffic is overrated. Until someone links to something I wrote or leaves me a comment, even if it says “thanks” or “this wasn’t horrible”, I’m not convinced anyone read the whole thing. I’d definitely trade less traffic for more activity from the people who do visit.bMighty: What’s the best blog post you’ve written this year?Berkun: Can’t say as I have no idea how to define best — do you? I can say the most popular is either “Asshole driven development” or “How to write a book” but in life the most popular thing is rarely the best.bMighty: Other than your own, what blogs do think are “must reads” for business and technical decision makers?Berkun: I can’t think of a single blog that’s a must read — blogs tend to tease and provoke more than teach and engage — they’re more like intellectual appetizers than meals, you know? When I think of must reads I think of books – and I’d offer Drucker’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a must read for anyone doing either. If you’re into decisions, read Sources of Power by Klein — it will be the best decision you’ve made in awhile.Naomi Grossman is assistant editor of Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more

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first_img Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more July 23, 2012 — GE Healthcare announced the final results from a Phase III study of the investigational PET (positron emission tomography) amyloid imaging agent, F-18 flutemetamol, in terminally ill patients who had agreed to undergo postmortem brain autopsy. The data showed strong concordance (sensitivity and specificity) between flutemetamol PET images and beta amyloid brain histopathology. These data confirm the potential of flutemetamol as an imaging agent to detect beta amyloid plaque, a pathology associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), in living patients.The data were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012 (AAIC 2012) in Vancouver, British Columbia, and support an application for regulatory approval of flutemetamol, which is intended to be filed later this year. Flutemetamol is a GE Healthcare PET imaging agent in development for the detection of beta amyloid deposits in the brain. “Currently, definite AD diagnosis requires postmortem examination of the brain for pathology such as neuritic beta amyloid plaques,” said Milos Ikonomovic, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and presenter of the study. “Because the ability to detect brain amyloid deposits in vivo may allow physicians to make a more accurate clinical diagnosis and potentially could enhance patient management, we were pleased to see that flutemetamol PET images accurately and consistently reflected fibrillar beta amyloid levels as detected later using postmortem histopathology analyses.”The study presented at AAIC 2012 examined the autopsied brains of 68 subjects who had received flutemetamol imaging in life to detect the presence of brain beta amyloid pathology. The images were then evaluated visually by independent trained readers, and the flutemetamol retention in the brain was quantified using a standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR). The brains of subjects who subsequently died were evaluated histopathologically and compared to interpretations of flutemetamol PET scans.Flutemetamol showed the ability to detect beta amyloid with a majority read sensitivity of 86 percent and specificity of 92 percent. Sensitivity is the percentage of amyloid-positive brains that are correctly identified by flutemetamol image readers as abnormal, corresponding to positive amyloid pathology. Comparison within and between image readers documented strong consistency of interpretation.The accumulation of beta amyloid in the brain is believed to play a role in the degeneration of neurons in AD and is one of several pathological characteristics implicated in its development. Currently, AD is confirmed by histopathological identification of core features, including beta amyloid plaques, in postmortem brain samples. Targeted amyloid imaging agents are being studied to determine their ability to help physicians detect amyloid deposition in living humans.“The detection of beta amyloid plaque in vivo may enable physicians to clinically diagnose AD earlier, potentially improving patient care,” said Jonathan Allis, general panager, PET, GE Healthcare Medical Diagnostics. “Flutemetamol imaging has the potential to be part of a larger diagnostic workup that may help doctors rule out AD by reliably showing the absence of amyloid deposits in patients with unexplained loss of cognitive function. We are pleased to report that flutemetamol acted as anticipated in this study and look forward to filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | July 23, 2012 Good Results for Alzheimer’s Imaging Agent Results show agreement between PET image reads and amyloid levels in autopsy studies News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read morelast_img read more

Surge in home construction is lifting hopes for US economy

first_imgIn this March 31, 2015 photo, construction on a new apartment complex continues on Pittsburgh’s Southside. The Commerce Department releases housing starts for April on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The sharpest gain by far was in the Northeast, where the pace of construction soared nearly 86 percent. That suggested that freezing temperatures and snowstorms held back builders early in the year and that last quarter’s jump pointed to strong pent-up demand.In part, the increased home building reflects a dual nature of the U.S. economy: Hiring has been solid even while overall economic growth has remained feeble.Employers added a healthy 223,000 jobs in April, causing the unemployment rate to slip to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent. The economy has gained about 3.1 million jobs — and paychecks — over the past 12 months.The economic growth that those paychecks should fuel has so far proved elusive. Even so, demand for housing has picked up. Sales of existing homes jumped 6 percent in March, the National Association of Realtors said last month.But a tight supply has been keeping a lid on sales: The market has just 4.6 months’ worth of available homes, compared with six months in what economists would consider a healthy market. Further strong construction could ease those worries about supply.The Realtors reported that more sales contracts were signed in March, raising the likelihood that the trade group will report an increase in April purchases on Thursday. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The rebound in housing has bolstered building supply stores. Households with homes worth over $200,000 have seen their property values rise, emboldening them to buy more big-ticket items, Carol Tome, Home Depot’s chief financial officer, said in a conference call with analysts Tuesday.Such demand drove up both sales and profits for the chain with more than 2,200 stores in North America, with more shoppers buying water heaters, riding mowers and grills.Home Depot earned $1.58 billion, or $1.21 per share, for the three months that ended May 3. That compared with $1.38 billion, or $1 per share, a year earlier. The company expects sales to improve as 1 million households should be formed this year, Tome said.Additional strong construction would help accelerate economic growth. Historically low 30-year fixed mortgage rates below 4 percent have improved affordability. Still, because it takes at least 12 months to prepare land for construction, the process can take time to ramp up, said Todd Mansfield, CEO of the developer and real estate investment firm Crescent Communities.Mansfield is waiting to see whether home buying remains strong in May and June.“We’ve had some false optimism in prior years,” he said. “It’s great news, but it needs to be repeated for a few months.” Sponsored Stories For one thing, construction of single-family houses rose in regions of the country where winter weather had had little impact. For another, the rate of approved building permits — a harbinger of future construction — rose a solid 10 percent from March to April. That reflects buyer demand.“If you’re willing to buy a house, that speaks volumes about your confidence, job prospects and economic fortunes going forward,” said Michael Dolega, a senior economist at TD Bank.The hints of a healthier economy follow a bleak first quarter. Growth is thought to have gone in reverse from January through March, a result of a harsh winter, a stronger dollar squeezing U.S. exports and lower oil prices cutting into factory orders.On Tuesday, the government reported a surprising 20.2 percent jump in residential construction to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.14 million. As a result, analysts at Barclays slightly raised their forecast for economic growth in the April-June quarter to 2.7 percent from 2.6 percent, and Macroeconomic Advisers boosted its estimate to 2 percent from 1.9 percent.By region, house and apartment building starts surged last month in the Northeast, Midwest and West, while slipping slightly in the South. All four regions enjoyed increased construction of single-family houses. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories ___AP Business Writers Michelle Chapman and Joseph Pisani contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. housing market has given a sudden jolt to what appeared to be a slumping economy.Builders broke ground on homes last month at the fastest pace in more than seven years. The stepped-up construction is helping boost sales at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s and improving the likelihood that the U.S. economy will accelerate after likely shrinking early this year.In part, the surge in housing starts in April reflected a rebound from a dismal winter that shut down construction sites and hampered growth across the economy. Builders may struggle to maintain their robust April pace. But there is reason for optimism. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Israeli man gets 14 months for stealing Madonnas songs

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Lederman, a Tel Aviv resident in his late 30s, was also fined 15,000 shekels, or about 3,900 dollars.The court ruled that the “appropriate” sentence should serve as a deterrent for future hacking incidents.Songs from Madonna’s latest album “Rebel Heart” were leaked online late last year. At the time, she urged her fans not to listen to the stolen copies that had surfaced, writing on Instagram: “I have been violated as a human and an artist.” She later released six songs, calling it an “early Christmas gift” for fans.Madonna has long claimed a special bond with Israel. The diva has made personal pilgrimages to the country, she practices Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism, and she launched her 2012 “MDNA” tour in Israel.The investigation into Lederman’s activities began after Madonna’s representative in Israel lodged a complaint. The investigation was coordinated with the FBI.Lederman, a Tel Aviv resident, auditioned for the Israeli reality show “A Star is Born” in 2012.When asked by one of the show’s judges what he does for a living, he responded: “Mainly wasting my life away, it seems, because I’m told that I should be on stage.” He sang Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry About a Thing.” Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories JERUSALEM (AP) — An aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel’s top TV song competition was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison after he was convicted of stealing and selling unreleased songs by international pop star Madonna.Adi Lederman was arrested earlier this year and after confessing, reached a plea deal on charges that he hacked into the computers of people linked to Madonna and then stole and sold her songs. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

LRES CFO Shifts to Chief Administrative Officer Position

first_imgLRES CFO Shifts to Chief Administrative Officer Position in Headlines, News, Uncategorized August 6, 2014 405 Views Sharecenter_img LRES Movers & Shakers 2014-08-06 Tory Barringer LRES’ former CFO, Don Mask, has transitioned into the role chief administration officer (CAO) and chairman, according to a company announcement.A veteran of LRES for more than a decade, Mask is now responsible for developing the company’s short- and long-term strategic goals; overseeing human resources, marketing, client relations, and facilities departments; establishing board governance; and managing LRES’ business investments.”Don’s proven success handling the financial planning for LRES makes him the ideal candidate for his new role of managing corporate investments and establishing strategic planning and business analytics across department lines,” said LRES CEO Roger Beane.Prior to coming to LRES, Mask held executive-level positions at several national companies providing services for universities, where he raised millions of dollars in equity, directed facility renovations, and led multi-year union contract negotiations, among other fundraising tasks.Commenting on the transition, Mask said his 13-year tenure at LRES has been “highly rewarding,” adding, “I look forward to the new opportunities ahead as it relates to both the overall future direction of the company and specifically to my new role of overseeing company departments and investments.”last_img read more